Monday, 21 March 2016

Red Devils looking to make the Three Lions Squad

There are a number of Manchester United players that will be considered for selection in Euro 2016, ranging from more experienced veterans such as Rooney and Carrick to youngsters such as Lingard and Rashford who have an outside chance of making the squad.

Here is our guide to the individual squad members and their chances of making it into Hodgson's squad:

Wayne Rooney:

Rooney is England's all-time leading goalscorer and captain so is guaranteed a place in the squad for France unless injuries can prevent him from playing. Rooney has underperformed on occasions at major tournaments for England, so fans will be hoping to see more of the Rooney that lit up Euro 2004 and he will relish to opportunity to prove himself in this tournament.

Michael Carrick:

Carrick is a veteran midfielder who has nearly 300 appearances for Manchester United but has struggled to play regularly for England with only 34 caps since his 2001 debut. He is 34 years of age now but still has a lot to offer with his excellent passing ability and range, combined with his valuable experience and composure.

Chris Smalling:

Smalling has turned his Manchester United career around in the past year. His time at Old Trafford looked to be over after his sending off in the Manchester derby but since then he has grown into arguably England's best centre-back and surely will be a regular starter at the Euros after earning praise from people like United and England legend Rio Ferdinand this season.

Phil Jones:

Jones has struggled with injuries this season so has not made many appearances, and his form hasn't been up to his maximum capability but he is still likely to be called up to the squad considering his versatility due to being able to play in his favoured centre-back position but also right-back or defensive midfield if necessary.

Luke Shaw:

Shaw was in the form of his career before he suffered his serious injury against PSV. He now faces a race against time to be fit for the euros, but looks on course to be ready. If he is ready for the Euros he will be a welcome boost and will surely be first-choice in the left-back spot.

Marcus Rashford:

Rashford has recently burst onto the scene as he scored twice on his debut against Midtjylland and then did it again by scoring two brilliant goals against Arsenal. He has impressed again recently scoring the winner in his first Manchester derby but will face a tough task to be selected for the euros as he will compete with established names such as Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane and also Jamie Vardy after his amazing campaign he has had with Leicester.

Jesse Lingard:

Lingard is the final England hopeful but the odds will be against him as he has not yet made his England debut. Although he has sometimes been criticised, he offers pace and is a threat in the final third and would be a good asset to have in the England squad, even simply as a squad player.

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